Justice of the Peace – Trailblazer

Ranjna Patel, ONZN, QSM, JP, has been chosen as one of the 125 Trailblazers chosen in conjunction with celebrations marking the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

Ranjna Patel, of Pakuranga, has numerous business and community achievements including developing a successful health-care business, building a Hindu temple and pioneering a domestic violence programme.

She’s a third-generation New Zealand Indian, and set out wanting to improve  access to healthcare, particularly  in lower socio-economic groups. After some 40 years the upshot of her work is that she’s now a director of East Tamaki Healthcare and New Zealand’s largest independent healthcare company Nirvana Health Group, which operates around 35 doctors clinics, 29 pharmacies and a call centre conducting more than 1.2 million consultations a year..

A charitable arm of the Group created the Gandhi Nivas programme, which focuses on ending domestic violence, delivered by Sahaayta Counselling Services in conjunction with the police. For this Mrs Patel decided to turn an empty medical clinic in Otahuhu into early-intervention accommodation for perpetrators of domestic violence. The initiative has received a lot of praise for the work it does in educating families and perpetrators.

Mrs Patel sits on numerous advisory boards including the National Ethnic Forum for NZ Police, CM Police, Middlemore Foundation, Mental Health Foundation, Diversity Works, Global Women and Council Of Women.

Source – NZ Herald

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